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Kenyan police fire teargas at angry pro-opposition demonstrators

Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 00:51

Kenyan police descend on the Nairobi slum of Kawangware where opposition supporters went on the rampage after shops and businesses were torched and homes looted. No reporter narration.

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(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Kenyan police descended on the Nairobi slum of Kawangware on Saturday (October 28) where opposition supporters went on the rampage after shops and businesses were torched and homes looted. Upon hearing that opposition leader Raila Odinga was due to address them, the crowd moved up the hill from the market where hundreds of businesses were burned down the night before. Police fired tear gas to disperse the protesters who taunted them along the way. The Kawangware fighting was sparked by rumours that Kikuyu, the tribe of President Uhuru Kenyatta, had drafted in members of the Mungiki to protect them from opposition supporters. By the end of Friday night's (October 27) confrontation, a man had been beaten to death and rows of shops and homes set alight, a worrying taste of how quickly ethnic violence can erupt in the Kenyan capital's volatile slums. The deeper fear of Kenyans is that the months of political strife, exacerbated by the courts annulling the August vote, eat away at deep tribal divisions and ignite a wave of inter-ethnic violence, as happened after a disputed 2007 vote when 1,200 people were killed.

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Kenyan police fire teargas at angry pro-opposition demonstrators

Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 00:51